Robert J. McGarvey Elementary School

Elk Grove Unified School District

Robert J. McGarvey Elementary School

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Elk Grove Unified celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Dr. King was universally recognized as a proponent of nonviolence in the pursuit of freedom and justice in the United States. His dream was of America as a country without prejudice and bigotry where people would be accepted based on their actions and not on the color of their skin. Dr. King firmly believed that the road which led to justice, equality, and a new sense of dignity for millions of Black people opened for all Americans a new era of progress and hope.

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Wonder who those parents are scanning your kids into school in the morning? It’s all part of our effort to encourage kids to walk, bike, scoot, and skate to school. uses barcode scanning technology to log students’ walking and bicycling trips to and from school. By enrolling, students can track their total number of trips, miles traveled, calories burned, money saved, and carbon reduced. It’s entirely FREE and students can also win prizes. The program notifies parents when their child has arrived at school by sending them an email or text.

To register your child, fill out, print, and sign the form at Bring the signed form to the school office or send in to your child’s teacher. Students can also pick up a tag from the office or from the parent volunteers scanning in the morning.

Are you an A, B, or C track parent? Are you available on Tuesday or Thursday mornings from 8:25am – 8:45am? We need volunteers to help scan! Contact Lindsay Miller to get involved at:

You can also reach out to Lindsay if you need a replacement tag or want to add a phone number or email for notifications.

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day – Nov. 17

Elk Grove Unified proudly recognizes Wednesday, November 17 as “Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day.” Ruby Bridges is an American activist who walked to school nearly every day and became a symbol of the civil rights movement at age six when she was the youngest of a group of African American students designated to integrate schools in the American South. Ruby Bridges stood for equality and desegregation in the early 1960s, and the Ruby Bridges Foundation promotes “the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences.”

EGUSD believes in engaging student voices in partnering for an education environment that emphasizes inclusion, diversity, validation and equity. In honor of Ruby Bridges Day, we encourage you to tag @ElkGroveUnified in your photos/videos along with #RubyBridges to show us how your school celebrates the values Ruby Bridges stands for.

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National School Psychology Week

EGUSD proudly recognizes National School Psychology Week (Nov. 8 – 12), and this year’s theme is “Let’s Get in GEAR” (Grow, Engage, Advocate, Rise). School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students. EGUSD celebrates our school psychologists for the vital role they play in the personal and academic development of all students.

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Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month

Elk Grove Unified School District proudly recognizes Sikh American Awareness and Appreciation Month (Nov. 1 – 30). Sikh Americans have resided in California for more than a century, with the first Sikh immigrants having labored on railroad construction projects, in lumber mills, and in the agricultural heartlands of the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Imperial valleys. Our EGUSD family acknowledges and celebrates the Sikh and Punjabi American communities who continue to make important contributions to our state and nation.

To learn how to make classrooms a more safe and inclusive space for Sikhs, please visit the Sikh Coalition website:

Native American Heritage Month

Elk Grove Unified School District proudly recognizes Native American Heritage Month (Nov. 1 – 30). Our EGUSD family acknowledges and celebrates these Americans for their contributions to government, industry, commerce, agriculture, science, literature, and the arts. All EGUSD educational sites are encouraged to recognize the rich ancestry, traditions and contributions of Native Americans through our curriculum and school activities.

To learn more about Native American Heritage Month, please visit:

Red Ribbon Week October 25-29, 2021

McGarvey Elementary will recognize Red Ribbon Week between October 25-29.  To show our commitment to being drug free please check out our theme for the following days:

Monday, 10/25: “Sock it to drugs!” – Wear crazy socks
Tuesday, 10/26: “Team up against drugs” – Wear sports jerseys
Wednesday, 10/27: “Lei off drugs” – Wear Hawaiian clothes
Thursday, 10/28: “Put a cap on drugs.” – Wear a hat
Friday, 10/29: “I dream of a drug-free world.” – Wear pajamas

Elk Grove Unified recognizes Oct. 23 – Oct. 31 as Red Ribbon Week. This year’s theme, “Drug Free Looks Like Me” is a reminder that everyday Americans across the country make significant daily contributions to their communities by being the best they can be because they live Drug-Free.

EGUSD will continue to make alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention a high priority and will support a comprehensive research-based plan of action it has already adopted to assist students who are suffering from the effects of alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse and to make school campuses a safe harbor from drugs.

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Shake out. Don’t freak out.

Shake out. Don’t freak out. Join us for the world’s largest Earthquake Drill on 10/21.  All of California is at higher risk for an earthquake compared to the rest of the country. The Great California ShakeOut is an annual opportunity to practice how to be safer during big earthquakes.  Learn more and download resources from The Great California ShakeOut website:

Digital Citizenship Week – Oct. 17 – 23

EGUSD recognizes Digital Citizenship Week (Oct. 17 – 23, 2021). Digital Citizenship Week is the perfect opportunity for schools and families to reflect on how they can work together and prepare our students to think critically, be kind and respectful to others online, and to use their technology/devices and social media in positive, creative and powerful ways. Digital Citizenship instruction strives to help students gain the tools to be safe, productive, kind, responsible, and respectful members of online communities.
Visit the EGUSD Digital Citizenship Website to learn more

National Bullying Prevention Month

Expect respect. Elk Grove Unified recognizes the month of October as National Bullying Prevention Month. The District supports the rights of students and staff to attend schools that are safe and free from violence, harassment, bullying and discrimination.
Learn more by watching “Expect Respect: Bullying Prevention in Positive Behavior Support”:

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